Traute Hoess, born in Weilheim in Upper Bavaria, studied acting at the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich. A founding member of the theatrical collective Rote Rübe, she has worked with Rio Reiser and others. Her first engagement took her to the Theater am Goetheplatz in Bremen in 1974 (where she appeared in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, director: Günter Krämer, among other productions). In 1984 she worked with Peer Raben and Werner Schroeter, playing Henriette in Strindberg’s Der Rausch and Elisabeth in Schiller’s Don Carlos. From 1990 to 1993 she was an ensemble member at the Cologne Theatre, appearing in Heiner Müller’s Der Auftrag (director: Dimiter Gotscheff) and Brecht’s/Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper (director: Günter Krämer). In 1993 Peter Palitzsch and Heiner Müller invited her to the Berliner Ensemble, where she played the role of Betty Dullfeet in Heiner Müller’s Brecht adaptation Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui. In 1995 she moved on to the Bochum Theatre (Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, director: Jürgen Kruse; Eugene O’Neill’s A Long Day’s Journey into the Night, director: Karin Henkel; Henrik Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borgman, director: Leander Haußmann). At Vienna’s Burgtheater, she appeared in Claus Peymann’s world premiere of Peter Handke’s Zurüstung für die Unsterblichkeit in 1997. For her portrayal of Anne Meister in Thomas Bernhard’s Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh (director: Wolf Dietrich Sprenger) and for Frau Muskat in Ferenc Molnár’s Liliom at the Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna, she won the 2003 Nestroy Theatre Prize. She went on to perform at the Düsseldorf Theatre, returned frequently to Cologne and joined the Frankfurt Theatre from 2010 to 2012 (Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, director: Bettina Bruinier; Wir sind schon gut genug, director: René Pollesch). In 2012 Katharina Thalbach cast her in her Shakespeare production of Twelfth Night at the Berliner Ensemble. At the same theatre, she continued her regular cooperation with director Robert Wilson, which began with Brecht’s/Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper and Shakespeares Sonette, with Peter Pan; she also worked with CocoRosie and Rufus Wainwright and continued her Bochum Theatre cooperation with Leander Haußmann with performances of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Traute Hoess is familiar to a broad audience due to her numerous roles in film, TV and cinema. Thus, she was featured in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) and Lili Marleen (1981), among others. She also acted in Leander Haußmann’s Sonnenallee (1999), Andreas Dresen’s Sommer vorm Balkon (2004) and Simon Verhoeven’s Männerherzen (2009).
Current as of June 2014